Edward Hall directs David Lindsay-Abaire’s play at the Hampstead Theatre, which officially opened at the theatre last night – but what did critics think of it? 

Claire Skinner (Becca) and Georgina Rich (Izzy) in Rabbit Hole at Hampstead Theatre. Photos by Manuel Harlan..jpg
Claire  Skinner and Georgina Rich. Photograph by Manuel Harlan. 

WhatsOnStage: **** Michael Coveney wrote: “There’s a particular theatrical pertinence and skill about the way information is released here.”

Evening Standard: *** Henry Hitchings found that: “Yet this is a play with few explosive moments. Instead it’s understated — we’re fed information slowly.”

The Guardian: *** Michael Billington said: “But although Lindsay-Abaire claims this is not a tidy play, in the end its lacks the jagged edges of unassuageable loss.”

Georgina Rich (Izzy) and Penny Downie (Nat) in Rabbit Hole at Hampstead Theatre. Photos by Manuel Harlan. (1).jpg
Georgina Rich and Penny Downie. Photograph by Manuel Harlan. 

The Stage: **** Mark Shenton thought: “Lindsay-Abaire’s writing prickles with poignant pain, stunningly articulated in anguished performances from Claire Skinner and Tom Goodman-Hill.”

London Theatre: **** “It’s painful to watch, but also utterly gripping and stunningly played.”

British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher commented: “Edward Hall’s production may not be a barrel of laughs but there is a good deal of humour to leaven an evening which provides hope and closure in the final scenes.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Edward Hall’s production never quite launches into the stratosphere.”

Tom Goodman-Hill (Howie) in Rabbit Hole at Hampstead Theatre. Photos by Manuel Harlan. (1).jpg
Tom Goodman-Hill. Photograph by Manuel Harlan. 

Time Out: *** Dave Calhoun wrote: “The writing is sensitive, if a touch schematic. Hall’s production is sympathetic and well-performed.”

Monkey Matters Theatre: ” Rabbit Hole lacks the humour and passion of Good People though it won the Pulitzer Prize.”

Rabbit Hole runs at the Hampstead Theatre until the 5th March. To book tickets visit: Discount Theatre.com,  Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk,  Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

 

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